A passionate and thoughtful singer/songwriter, Matt Koelsch ['kel-sh’] has built his musical career around stirring lyrics, percolating rhythms, and soaring vocals. His songs strike a chord with listeners as he draws inspiration from the gains, losses and adventures throughout his life growing up in New England.
During the height of the recession Koelsch took a leap of faith from his anchored position in the world of finance into the unknown, turbulent music industry and has been pursuing his passion as a full-time recording and performing artist in Los Angeles, California. Koelsch reflects on a particular moment during this transforming period, “I walked out of the doors of the financial building in Post Office square, I had this feeling of an enormous sense of relief, freedom and uncertainty”.
Koelsch’s latest EP, entitled ‘Thinking of You’ was co-produced with Eugene Toale (Kanye West, Las Cafeteras). The EP was influenced by time and place, the result of being 3,000 miles away from home and the rollercoaster lifestyle of being submersed within the vibrant and diverse city of Los Angeles. "Being in this setting during my late 20’s early 30’s has affected my writing because it has made me more vulnerable” reveals Koelsch. "There is more time and space to explore and discover when you are in a completely new and foreign setting, removed from the comforts of your close network of relationships”.
With a wide-ranging catalog of subject matter including but not limited to the current state of ‘Wall Street’ to a relaxing day in the ‘Waves’ at the beach, ‘Running With The Bulls’ in Pamplona and heartbreak, Koelsch delivers passionate performances filled with falsetto, guitar and whistle solos as he brings his own flavor to the indie/folk/pop genre.
Leading single Perfectly Aligned showcases Koelsch’s catchy vocals and upbeat, dance-worthy melodies, it creates the perfect summer anthem. Thinking of You is a heart-achingly romantic ballad, with yearning lyrics, simple guitar melodies and soothing rhythms, Koelsch delivers a sweet tune that is relatable for all the romantics.
Koelsch’s achievements to date include selling thousands of physical records/CD’s, performing over 170 shows per year, winning a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, as well as sharing the stage with members of legendary bands such as REM, Pink Floyd and Toto.
Record Label: Turbulent Records
Sounds like / Influenced by: Jack Johnson, Ben Howard, John Mayer, David Gray, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Paul Simon
Has shared the stage with: Ken Stringfellow (Posies, REM), Casey Abrams (American Idol), Karmin, Livingston Taylor, Bearstronaut, Naia Kete (The Voice), Maggie Szabo, Heaps n Heaps, Alfa, Sam Chase, Jay Psaros, Jeffrey Jacobs, Lucy & La Mer, Scott Page (Pink Floyd, Toto)
Has accompanied: Naia Kete, Maggie Szabo, Emily Gatzke, Roulette Dares, Lunch Box, Heart of Boston, Jamrock
Performances Per Year: 120 - 170
Notable Venues Previous Played: The Hotel Cafe (Hollywood), House of Blues (Boston & Hollywood), Hard Rock Cafe (Boston & Hollywood), The Satellite (Silverlake), The NAMM Show (Anaheim), The Bitter End (New York City), Harpoon Festival (Boston), The Crest Theater Los Angeles, Berklee College of Music Performance Center, The Middle East (Cambridge, MA), Thunder Road (Boston, MA), OC Weekly Festival (Laguna Beach), Don Julio Tequila (LA)
Fundraisers & Charity:
Back on My Feet - Combat Homelessness
Boston Green Fest - Multicultural Environmental Festival
Faulkner Hospital Breast Center - R & D Fundraising
Jimmy Fund - Cancer Fundraiser
Providence College - Scholarship Angel Fund
The One Fund - Boston Marathon 2013 Relief
Typhoon Haiyan Relief - American Red Cross
U.S. Military Veterans - Fundraiser
One Percent for the Planet - Member